Take a walk around Hillcrest Centre, one of our Olympic venues as well as Queen Elizabeth Park, the highest point in the city. Paths through wooded areas, beautifully maintained gardens, Indigenous public art pieces and scenic views of downtown and the Two Sisters in the North Shore Mountains are only some of the visually spectacular sights to see along this route.
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The Hillcrest to Queen Elizabeth Park route was created to highlight one of our 2010 Winter Olympic venues as well as the greater community around it. This route will take you to the highest point in the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations. From here you can see some of the most spectacular views of the city, including the Two Sisters in the North Shore Mountains. Take a walk through the Riley Park neighbourhood and enjoy the peaceful surroundings of a residential area just minutes from the city centre. Your walk begins at the entrance to Hillcrest Centre, which features two pieces of Indigenous public art.
- View Changes, a short story by Lisa G Nielsen External website, opens in new tab
- Read The Two Sisters by E Pauline Johnson External website, opens in new tab
This route is made up of city sidewalks, paved and paved dirt paths. On the northside of Midlothian Ave at Clancy Loranger Way there are steps and a path available on a large incline for those wanting a quicker route into the park. Those who want a more gradual incline will want to follow to displayed route.
Points of interest
- Grand Entry
- Quarry and Rose gardens
- Love locks sculpture
- Bloedel Conservatory
- Dancing Waters fountain
- Knife Edge - Two Piece
- Riley Park
Artist: Manitoba Aboriginal Arts Council, Inc.
This work consists of nine raven figures made of foam and epoxy resin. Created by an Indigenous artist collective based in Manitoba, each artist created their own cultural representation of the raven’s spirit.
Quarry and Rose gardens
Located on the south-western perimeter of the park, the Rose Garden was built in 1967 to commemorate Canada’s Centennial. It contains many rose varieties including hardy hybrids such as the Parkland and Explorer series developed in Saskatchewan
Love locks sculpture
Love in the Rain
Artist: Bruce Voyce
A love locks sculpture dedicated to eternal love located in the lookout above the Quarry Garden in Queen Elizabeth Park.
The piece is designed by Vancouver artist Bruce Voyce and celebrates the shelter that love brings and the union that it forms. It will support several thousand locks on the skirts of each couple. Keys can be deposited in a box on site and will eventually be recycled or melted down to become part of another sculpture.
Bloedel Conservatory is a domed lush paradise located in Queen Elizabeth Park atop the City of Vancouver’s highest point. More than 120 free-flying exotic birds, 500 exotic plants and flowers thrive within its temperature-controlled environment.
Constructed through a very generous donation from Prentice Bloedel, Bloedel was dedicated at its opening in 1969 “to a better appreciation and understanding of the world of plants."
Designated as a heritage building, it is jointly operated by Vancouver Park Board and the Vancouver Botanical Garden Association. Together, these partners also operate VanDusen Botanical Garden.
Dancing Waters fountain
The fabulous Dancing Waters fountain is located adjacent to Bloedel Conservatory and is attractive both day and night. It is comprised of 70 jets of water using 85,000 litres of recirculating water.
The fountain operates on a program to vary the heights of the jet and is an integral part of the Queen Elizabeth Plaza built on top of Vancouver’s principal drinking water reservoir.
Knife Edge - Two Piece
1 of 3 casts of this bronze scuplture, Henry Moore's Knife Edge Two Piece sits in the centre of the square outside the Bloedel Conservatory. It was installed in 1969 and was a gift to the Park Board by Prentice and Virginia Bloedel.
Riley Park is welcoming to people wanting to picnic, play sports, or simply walk along the curving paths throughout the park. The park offers the city’s first universally accessible playground; sheltered by some lovely trees is another unique feature, a climbing boulder. With the completion of Hillcrest Centre in 2010, Riley Park Community Centre was demolished and replaced by an expanded park and garden. Stop and take in the enormous care and thought that went in to designing and constructing this expanded public space.
Artist: Aaron Nelson-Moody
This is an installation that was created as a Welcome Work during the 2010 Olympics. It consists of five spindle whorls which are made of concrete and steel. Traditionally, Coast Salish spindle whorls are used mainly by women to spin wool for weaving, a tradition with a long and esteemed history.